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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Storm Shuts Down Nuclear Reactor

High storm winds forced a nuclear power plant in northern Russia to switch off all four of its reactors Tuesday morning, the State Atomic Inspection Agency reported.

The emergency defense system at the Kola peninsula's nuclear power plant was automatically switched off when local electricity lines were damaged due to gusty winds, the agency's chief engineer Lyudmila Prokhorova said. Prokhorova said that the situation was normal and there was no threat that radioactivity might leak.

The Kola atomic station has four reactors, two of which are VVER-440 type 230, a model popular in Eastern Europe which the International Atomic Energy Agency has deemed highly dangerous.

Itar-Tass said that virtually the entire Murmansk region was left without electricity, and that storm damage was estimated at thousands of millions of rubles.